Here’s a question–does God expect too much of us? You could assume that. Many people do. Too many commandments, do’s and don’ts, rules and regulations? To be honest, I don’t see that in God’s Word.
Joshua, Israel’s leader after Moses’ death, is allocating territory to the twelve tribes in the promised land. Moses has given them the 10 Commandments from the Lord. Easy to remember. They count them off on their ten fingers. Nothing too difficult. Ten.
An example–‘Only be very careful to observe the commandment and law that Moses…commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him with all your heart and with all your soul’ (Joshua 22:5).
Joshua in this verse explains more. Be careful. Don’t be sloppy in obeying God. Or pick and choose the easy commandments, ignoring the tough ones.
Consider those active verbs Joshua uses–to ‘love’ the Lord, to ‘walk’ in His ways, to ‘keep’ His commands, to ‘cling’ to Him, and to ‘serve’ Him. How? He says that this comes from your heart and soul. From within. A willingness toward the One you love the most. Not difficult to want to be the best for someone you love. Is it?
If following God feels more like a chore or a big bother, it’s high time to check out our commitment to Him. Take our spiritual pulse. Any sign of life?!
To follow Him wholeheartedly is not a lot to ask. After all, He’s the One who gives up all for us because He loves us so much. Should we give Him less?
Lord, we want to follow you wholeheartedly. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.